Wiggy’s makes large donation to Homeward Bound

Jerry Wigutow laughs with the staff at Homeward Bound Tuesday after making a large donation to the shelter.

Jerry Wigutow knows that the quality merchandise his company makes could save a life this winter.

Wigutow is the owner of Wiggy’s Inc., a manufacturer of sleeping bags, coats and other sporting goods made from durable material often used by the United States military. The Homeward Bound Homeless Shelter, 2853 North Ave., received 23 sleeping bags, eight comforters, and a number of coats, insulated gloves and waders from the company Tuesday afternoon. The donation exceeded $16,000 in value.

“Jerry is always so generous with us every year,” said Gi Moon, executive director of the shelter.

The sleeping bags could mean life or death for those who choose to brave the elements this winter instead of seeking a bed at the shelter, she added. So far, nobody has been turned away this season thanks to the local overflow program, which finds room for the homeless at two local churches.

“We’re very careful that we give (the coats and blankets) to people who really will use them,” Moon explained, adding that veterans are the first allowed the chance to receive the goods.

The donation was arranged by the Grand Junction Lions Club as an extension of their “Random Acts of Kindness” program, which took place last month. “(Wigutow) gives at least once a year in this way and has always been a Lions Club supporter,” said local member Alan Workman.

“I just decided to pull out what we had and bring it here,” Wigutow said. “And if I have more I’ll bring that, too.”


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